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Apr 14, 2017

Robbie Ventura is a former American professional cyclist who rode most notably for United States Postal Service Cycling Team from 2001-2004. A pro for over 11 years, he got his start in bicycle racing near his home by developing his skill, strength, and speed while riding, racing and supporting teammates in velodrome racing (an oval, banked, indoor cycling track). A successful competitive athlete his entire life (he also played collegiate hockey), he found quickly after retiring from cycling that he had more to contribute to the world by way of coaching. He turned his sights toward the business he started in Chicago, Vision Quest Coaching, and never looked back.

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Thirteen years and thousands of clients later, he’s one of the go-to people in the world for developing athletic skills as a cyclist. Whether you’re working with him personally (all VQ clients start with a thorough 3-hour assessment with Robbie), or working with one of his coaches in person or online, he’s developed a training methodology and system based on his years as a competitive athlete and top professional cyclist.

Anyone who has risen to the top of a competitive sport who has then transitioned, like Robbie has, to the world of coaching, has a ton of experience and advice to offer, whether you’re a participant in his sport or not. Robbie’s personal experience and years as a coach give him an incredibly valuable and unique perspective - there is a ton to learn from him that he shares during our conversation.


  • How to test your fitness, passion, commitment, mental focus and strength through racing and competition.
  • How to win without necessarily winning (or how the cost of winning (in sport or life) can be detrimental to your long-term health and goals.)
  • How to develop your skill set for a sport.
  • How the important part of the journey is in the struggle, not the result.
  • How to determine the perfect training volume for your own development.
  • Why single sport athletes (runners, cyclists, triathletes, swimmers, etc) need training outside of their sport for well-rounded functional capacity and life.
  • Robbie’s secret to keeping yourself motivated and on-track.
  • How to set yourself up for a great night’s sleep - the key elements for perfect sleep and recovery.
  • How to set up your own testing protocol (in swimming, cycling, or running) for continued growth and performance.
  • Why “paying attention” to when you feel great is the key to your own personal performance.